Saturday, December 10, 2016

NYT Calls Aleppo's Liberation "Chaos and Desperation"

NYT Calls Aleppo’s Liberation “Chaos and Desperation”

by Stephen Lendman

The Times supports all US wars of aggression, suppressing its responsibility for genocidal mass slaughter - proving America represents unparalleled pure evil, humanity’s greatest threat.

The Times is a lying machine, supporting what demands condemnation, along with all other media scoundrels, substituting rubbish for real news, information and analysis.

For the first time in over four years, tens of thousands of Aleppo residents are now free from captivity as human shields by US-supported terrorists - no longer fearing their brutality.

The Times disgracefully lied, claiming “hundreds…are missing, citing fabricated accounts of “arrests” and “summary killings,” by government forces, adding:

Some residents “said rebels (sic) had helped them cross the front lines or warned them not to go at certain times or in certain places because of the danger.”

“As government forces continued to advance on Friday, panic was growing among those still trapped inside, who either could not make their way out or were afraid to enter government territory…(O)thers have moved deeper into the rebel-held district under intense bombardment.”

What utter rubbish! Thousands of Eastern Aleppo residents are now free from captivity. Safe in government controlled areas, they expressed gratitude to their liberators, thankful to be alive.

According to Russia’s reconciliation center, “people are escaping along the humanitarian corridors in an ongoing flow to the part of the city, controlled by the Syrian government” where they’re given hot food and medical treatment as needed.

US-supported terrorists were warned. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said “(d)o not try undertaking whatever provocations or even firing on civilians using the humanitarian corridors for the escape.”

“We address those, who for the recent several months announced readiness to send over to Aleppo their humanitarian assistance (but never did): to representatives of the US, Great Britain, France, Canada, the European Union and international organizations. It is time to verify your intentions” so far unfulfilled.

Russia, Syria and Iran alone are providing vital humanitarian aid. America, EU nations and the UN provide it only to terrorists.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov blasted EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini’s Big Lie, claiming only its member states are providing humanitarian aid to Syrian civilians.

Ryabkov expressed disgust over her “outrageous twisting of facts…ignoring what Russia has been doing for a long time.”

According to Russia’s Foreign Ministry, “unlike other international players, (Moscow has) been actively supplying thousands of tons of humanitarian aid to various regions across Syria, including the liberated areas in eastern Aleppo, at the risk of Russian military lives.”

“If (Mogherini) means providing assistance to terrorists and extremists, then we don’t participate in this, indeed.”

Days earlier, UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokeswoman lied, outrageously saying Syria, Russia and their allies block aid from reaching civilians in need.

Britain provides nothing. Nothing from France, Germany and other EU states for Syrians, just aid for US-supported terrorists brutalizing and massacring them.

The Times: “In areas the government has recently retaken, (it) handed out Syrian…flags.” What utter contempt for long-suffering eastern Aleppo residents now free from the scourge of US-supported terrorists.

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May Blasts Nonexistent Iranian "Aggressive Regional Actions"

UK Prime Minister Theresa May Blasts Nonexistent Iranian “Aggressive Regional Actions”

by Stephen Lendman

May matches Margaret Thatcher’s extremism with a rage for naked aggression - complicit with Washington, NATO, Israel and other regional rogue states.

According to Fars News, Iran is furious over her saying “we must…work together to push back against Iran’s aggressive regional actions” - during a meeting of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC).

Their members include Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman, monarchal dictatorships with plenty of oil money for weapons May wants Britain to sell them.

According to Tehran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi, “(t)he foreign ministry's deputy director general for Western Europe summoned (UK envoy) Hopton on Saturday to convey the strong protest of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the…statements made by that country's prime minister.”

He called them “irresponsible, provocative and divisive…(I) is strongly expected that such unacceptable statements are not made in the future.”

“(S)uch moves run counter to the stated expansion of ties and will further damage the two countries' relations.”

“The regional policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran is based on establishing peace, stability and security on the basis of campaign against terrorism, while some regional countries are clearly pursuing the policy of supporting terrorism and this reality has been ignored by the British officials and you premier, which is a source of regret and surprise.”

Britain led by David Cameron reopened its Tehran embassy in August 2015. Was it a sign of improved relations or deception concealing continued hostility?

Both countries restored relations at the ambassadorial level. On Saturday, Iranian First Vice-President Edhaq Jahangiri accused May of accepting an invitation to speak against Iran during the PGCC meeting.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran is a great country in the region and no one can confront it with such remarks,” he stressed.

A same day article discussed US neocon United Against Nuclear (UANI) Iran and Foreign Policy Institute (FPI) speakers at a Future of Iran Policy event urge escalated sanctions, rescinding the nuclear deal and provoking confrontation - wanting pro-Western puppet governance replacing Tehran’s sovereign independence.

Decades of US hostility toward Iran may continue when Trump takes office. Responsibly ending it on his watch is unlikely.

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More Russia Bashing Over Nonexistent Cyberattacks

More Russia Bashing Over Nonexistent Cyberattacks

by Stephen Lendman

On October 7, a joint Department of Homeland Security/Director of National Intelligence (DHS/DNI) statement irresponsibly charged Russia with cyberattacks “intended to interfere with the US election process.”

It was a Big Lie. No evidence was cited because none exists. Accusations without proof are baseless and despicable. Making them is longstanding US practice, especially against sovereign independent states like Russia.

It had nothing to do with hacking DNC emails or interfering in America’s presidential election in any other way - nor meddling in the internal affairs of any country, longstanding US practice.

The DHS/DNI joint statement, claiming “confiden(ce)” about Russia cyberattacking “US political organizations” was politically motivated lying, a shameless grand deception.

No matter. Russophobe Obama ordered US intelligence agencies to review nonexistent Russian interference in the 2016 election process, completing a report before he leaves office on January 20.

It’s likely already written - a fictional account of what never happened. Interviewed by Time magazine after being named its person of the year, Trump said “I don’t believe it. I don’t believe (Russia) interfered…(S)ome guy in New Jersey” may have done it.

He called charges politically motivated, adding they “became a laughing point, not a talking point…Any time I do something, they say ‘Oh, Russia interfered.’ “ Putin and other Russian officials categorically debunked the false charges.

Obama administration homeland security advisor Lisa Monaco ludicrously claimed “a new threshold” was likely crossed, calling it necessary “to conduct some after-action…”

Deputy White House press secretary Eric Schultz said Obama considers completing the report on his watch “a major priority.” 

He’s got nothing better to do than bash Russia irresponsibly, plot color revolutions against independent leaders, and massacre civilians in multiple US war theaters, his legacy blood-drenched.

Last month, the White House declared the November election “free and fair from a cybersecurity perspective.” If so, why investigate nonexistent Russian hacking?

Why conduct a recount scam in three states? Why accuse Moscow of election interference when it’s known none occurred?

It’s all about Russia bashing, longstanding plans calling for regime change, installing pro-Western puppet governance, plundering the nation’s vast resources, exploiting it people, partitioning its large land mass into smaller, more easily controlled sub-states or territories.

It also points to powerful interests backing Hillary “remain(ing) intent upon undermining Trump’s accession to the White House (because he’s) not entirely in the pocket of the lobby groups,” according to Michel Chossudovsky.

Wanting to get along with Vladimir Putin, including cooperating with him in combating terrorism, conflicts with powerful interests wanting adversarial relations maintained, along with supporting ISIS and other terrorist groups, using them as imperial foot soldiers.

On Friday, Trump’s transition team released a statement, debunking notions of Russia interfering in America’s political process, saying “(t)hese are the same people (who) said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The election ended (weeks ago). It’s now time to move on and ‘Make America Great Again.’ “

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CIA Big Lie Claims Russia Intervened to Get Trump Elected

CIA Big Lie Claims Russia Intervened to Get Trump Elected

by Stephen Lendman

Utter rubbish! A same day article and earlier ones explained Russia didn’t hack DNC emails or interfere in any way with America’s election process.

Not a shred of evidence suggests otherwise. Yet anti-Russia, anti-Trump bashing continues endlessly, likely with no letup once in office unless he pursues dirty business as usual like his predecessors, abandoning his positive geopolitical pledges.

According to the neocon Washington Post, “a secret (obviously cooked CIA) assessment (claims) Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the US electoral system, according to (unnamed) officials briefed on the matter.”

A senior unnamed one was quoted, saying “(i)t is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia’s goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected. That’s the consensus view.”

Hillary supporters won’t quit, including DHS, DNI, the CIA, most media scoundrels, various other groups, and who knows what others will emerge from the woodwork to make baseless claims.

According to WaPo, “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) voiced doubts about the veracity of the intelligence, according to officials present.”

With no credible evidence supporting accusations, everyone should. In a private meeting with key senators, the CIA “cited a growing body of (manufactured) intelligence from multiple (disreputable) sources.”

Saying it’s “quite clear” electing Trump was Russia’s aim is a bald-faced lie. According to WaPo, its “presentation…fell short of a formal assessment.” It provided no evidence.

A second unnamed senior US official said intelligence agencies have nothing connecting Russia to whoever passed on hacked DNC emails to WikiLeaks.

Julian Assange emphatically denied Russian involvement. “The White House and CIA officials declined to comment,” said WaPo.

CIA, DHS and DNI claims of Russian interference in America’s election process were fabricated. “(K)ey Republican lawmakers have continued to question the quality of (claims) supporting Russian involvement,” WaPo explained.

There’s no connection, “no clear evidence,” said Rep. Devin Nunes (R. CA), House Intelligence Committee chairman and Trump transition team member. “There’s a lot of innuendo, lots of circumstantial evidence, that’s it.”

None of it passes the smell test!

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Neocons Urge War on Iran

Neocons Urge War on Iran

by Stephen Lendman

Bipartisan neocons infest Washington, supporting endless wars of aggression - Iran a prime target to attack, regime change the objective, wanting pro-Western puppet governance replacing its sovereign independence.

Will Trump challenge their extremism or join them, a key question remaining to be answered?

United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) is a militant anti-Iranian group for war and regime change - on the phony pretext of preventing the nation from obtaining nuclear weapons it doesn’t want, and stopping its nonexistent “support for terrorism and gross human rights violations.”

It’s chaired by former neocon senator Joe Lieberman. Former hawkish GW Bush administration  UN representative for management and reform Mark Wallace serves as CEO. Neocon Counter Extremism Project executive director David Ibsen is president.

Zionist zealot supporter of attacking Iran preemptively Dennis Ross is an advisory board member. 

Anti-Iranian advisors include former Mossad head Tamir Pardo, Jeb Bush, Bill Richardson, UK MI6 head Richard Dearlove, John Bolton (a possible, though unlikely Trump secretary of state choice), Otto Reich of Iran-Contra infamy, and Roger Noriega, notorious for destabilizing Latin and Central American governments.

On December 7, a joint UANI/Foreign Policy Institute (PNAC renamed) Future of Iran Policy event discussed US policy on Iran, with the incoming Trump administration in mind.

A rogue’s gallery of anti-Iranian extremists participated - including Joe Lieberman, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and neocon Foundation for Defense of Democracies head Mark Dubowitz, among others.

Neocon lunatic UANI/FPI members and supporters urge military confrontation with Iran, wanting Washington to sink its ships, attack its Syrian advisors, impose stiffer sanctions, and rescind the JCPOA nuclear deal.

Dubowitz said America must “restore coercion.” Sanctions aren’t enough, noting Syria is “a target-rich environment” to incite conflict. 

Lieberman endorsed a similar agenda, saying Trump must “make it explicit with the power he has as commander-in-chief that if they challenge some of our naval assets, we will fire on them.”

JCPOA requires removing sanctions, not imposing new ones. Ros-Lehtinen and others urged escalating them. She predicted “a flurry of Iran-related activities early in the New Year” - looking forward to the “opportunity to undo a lot of the problematic concessions that we have seen over the last few years.” 

“I can’t wait,” she added. Acting belligerently toward Iran without just cause risks direct confrontation with Russia - perhaps ending any chance for normalizing ties and cooperating in combating terrorism.

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Russia, Syria, Denounce Pro-War General Assembly Resolution

Russia, Syria Denounce Pro-War General Assembly Resolution

by Stephen Lendman

US dirty hands are behind it, Canada used to introduce it, disgracefully serving as an imperial agent instead of seeking regional peace and stability.

The draft resolution passed 122 to 13 - Syria, Russia, China and Iran strongly opposing it - calling for cessation of hostilities in eastern Aleppo to benefit US-backed terrorists, without addressing their withdrawal from remaining pockets - including animals posing as moderates.

Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin called them “phantom(s),” jihadist extremists pretending otherwise. In General Assembly debate, he said they’re “gushing into the country from everywhere to help do away with the legitimate government.”

They’re aided by “extensive financial, material and propaganda support from outside. The phantom concept of the Syrian moderate opposition has actually failed.”

“We consider (foreign-backed regime change efforts in Syria) a present-day form of colonialism.” Russia is exerting “colossal effort” for cessation of hostilities and conflict resolution by diplomatic means.

It’s going all-out to supply vital humanitarian aid, while Western powers and the UN send it only to terrorists.

Syrian envoy Bashar al-Assad blasted the measure, saying “(b)efore calling for holding this meeting and submitting the draft resolution, the Canadian delegation and its partners should have listened to the harrowing accounts about the crimes of terrorist organizations that were told by tens of thousands of our people who were saved by the Syrian army and its allies in Aleppo during the past few days.”

“I would like to reassure the states that sponsor terrorism in Aleppo that the Syrian army has up to this point liberated 93% of the areas that terrorists used to control in Aleppo city, and their bloody games is taking its last breaths.”

Since Aleppo liberating efforts began, over 56 districts were freed from terrorists’ control. Remaining elements are confined to a steadily shrinking 6 square km area, their infestation soon to be eliminated entirely.

Separately, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Washington “will deploy approximately 200 additional US forces (to) Syria” - showing its intention to continue its regime change project.

It remains to be seen what Trump will do once inaugurated. He pledged to combat terrorism, not pursue regime change. We’ll know soon enough if he means it.

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Friday, December 09, 2016

Americans Should Follow the Example of South Koreans

Americans Should Follow the Example of South Koreans

by Stephen Lendman

Post WW II, when America and Soviet Russia divided Korea into north and south countries. Government in Seoul became a US vassal state, a fascist dictatorship.

Initially it was headed by Washington’s installed puppet Syngman Rhee, a brutal despot. Other pro-Western leaders followed - political repression, corruption, and US subservience standard practice.

For weeks, mass protests involving hundreds of thousands in Seoul and other cities demanded President Park Geun-hye resign for abusing her power, involving influencing-peddling, bribery and other offenses.

She’s former general Park Chung-hee’s daughter, South Korea’s despotic president from 1961 until his 1979 assassination - thrust into power by a military coup, ruling with an iron fist.

On Friday, South Korean MPs impeached Park Geun-hye by an overwhelming 234 - 56 margin, many of her own party members wanting her removed, making it likely she’ll be the nation’s first elected leader expelled from office in disgrace.

During a cabinet meeting, she said “I solemnly accept the voice of the parliament and the people and sincerely hope this confusion is soundly resolved.”

South Korea’s Constitutional Court now must decide whether to uphold her impeachment, likely not ruling until well into next year.

With her approval rating at 5% and overwhelming parliamentary disapproval, she’s now suspended as of Friday evening Seoul time, her duties assumed by Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn on an interim basis until the Constitutional Court rules.

Crowds celebrated, holding signs saying “Victory for the People.” Park’s single five-year term was set to end in February 2018. Once removed from office, a new election must be held in 60 days.

US imperial tool Ban Ki-moon is one of the leading candidates to succeed her, ending his UN general-secretariat position on December 31. So far, he hasn’t officially announced his candidacy, likely awaiting an appropriate moment.

Out of office, Park loses presidential immunity, making her vulnerable to prosecution for abuse of power, influence-peddling, bribery and other potential charges.

Weeks of public anger erupted in mass protests for weeks, at times involving up to two million in Seoul and other cities, led to her downfall.

South Koreans wanted change and they’ll get it. Whether for better or worse remains to be seen. If they can do it, why not Americans.

They’ve been far more deplorably treated, especially since the neoliberal 90s under the Bill and Hillary co-presidency, followed by post-9/11 war on humanity at home and abroad under Bush and Obama.

America's Declaration of Independence states:

 "(W)hen a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, (it's the right of the people, it's) their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

Straightaway as presidents, the Clintons, Bush and Obama violated their sacred trust, betraying their constituents, breaching all major promises made, institutionalizing tyranny, heading toward becoming full-blown if not challenged and stopped.

What’s coming under Trump is unknown. His choices so far for cabinet positions and others in his administration aren’t encouraging. 

They include wealthy establishment figures and retired generals, likely more of the same coming, indicating wealth, power and privileged interests will be served above all others - maybe exclusively despite his pledge to “give power back to the citizens” and “break-up (Washington’s) special interest monopoly.”

He also promised to get along with Vladimir Putin, cooperate with Russia in combating terrorism, end America’s regime change policy, kill TPP and other jobs-killing trade deals and seek a new role for NATO.

If he delivers on these key pledges, his tenure will be historic. If he continues dirty business as usual, mass protests should demand his impeachment and removal from office - hard as it is to do, never successful in the history of the republic.

There’s always a first time! When leadership violates its mandate, it loses its right to serve. Removal from office should follow as constitutionally permitted for “Treason, Bribery, or other Crimes and Misdemeanors (Article II, Section 4).

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Latest From Russia on Aleppo

Latest From Russia on Aleppo

by Stephen Lendman

According to Russia’s General Staff Main Operations Department head Gen. Sergei Rudskoi, as of December 9, “government forces and militia units continue the operation to liberate Aleppo’s eastern districts from terrorists.”

“After a successful offensive, 52 neighborhoods in east Aleppo have been recaptured from militants. In the past four days alone, the area held by gunmen has decreased by one-third. The Syrian army now controls 93% of the city’s territory.”

Since October 18, no Russian or Syrian warplanes were involved, courageous ground forces doing the job themselves, now close to triumph.

Obama’s rage to hold Aleppo failed, defeated by Syrian and allied forces’ heroism - right defeating imperial might.

Russian and Syrian humanitarian aid is pouring into liberated areas, including medical care - nothing from America, nothing from NATO, nothing from rogue regional states.

Damascus is committed to granting amnesty to all fighters surrendering their arms and ceasing to continue fighting. Since Thursday, over 10,000 Syrian civilians were liberated, including over 4,000 children.

Many confirmed so-called 
“moderate rebels” brutalized them in captivity, forcibly holding them as human shields, committing torture, public executions, and “wanton killings.”

Obama’s good friends are cold-blooded cutthroats, animals, monsters, vermin to be eliminated. 

From Hamburg on Friday at the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting Sergey Lavrov expressed hope for a weekend agreement with Washington on withdrawal of all terrorists from Aleppo, ending fighting entirely.

Familiar with numerous earlier US deceptions, he’s likely dubious about responsible talks this time. Whatever is agreed to virtually always is breached sooner or later. Believing this time is different is virtually nil.

Lavrov called it a “weird peculiarity of US policy toward Syria and Aleppo. That is when the left hand is doing something (allegedly) constructive…the right hand…open(s) the sluice gate for pumping weapons to militants.”

It all over but the postmortems in Aleppo, US-supported terrorists decisively defeated. Arming them elsewhere in Syria means endless fighting - unless Trump calls a halt once in office.

Military operations were suspended to let thousands of civilians flee to safety in government controlled areas. They’re weren’t stopped, Lavrov explained. They’ll continue in Aleppo and throughout Syria until US-supported terrorists are defeated.

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She's Back: Hillary Hyping Fake News

She’s Back: Hillary Hyping Fake News

by Stephen Lendman

People should only be concerned about government and media scoundrels’ news, information and opinion - all fake, all the time, Big Lies and deception, toxic stuff on issues mattering most.

Reliable sources were denigrated on the PropOrNot hit list, considered fake news sites or Kremlin agents, disgracefully hyped by the neocon/CIA connected Washington Post, a leading proliferator of fake news, a disgrace to professional journalism - banned at WaPo, banned at the NYT, banned by other leading broadsheets and magazines, banned on mainstream TV and radio news.

There’s a war on against the most fundamental of fundamental rights in America and Europe. Speech, media and academic freedoms are being attacked. They’re too vital to lose, yet are slipping away with too few people noticing, way too few acting to stop it.

Yesterday on Capitol Hill, Hillary was back, an exposed war criminal, racketeer, pathological liar - railing against what she called “epidemic of malicious fake news and false propaganda that flooded social media over the past year” - hers excluded, of course. “It’s now clear the so-called fake news can have real-world consequences,”she added.

“This is not about politics or partisanship. Lives are at risk, lives of ordinary people just trying to go about their days to do their jobs, contribute to their communities. It is a danger that must be addressed and addressed quickly.”

Omitted was her support for all US wars of aggression since the 1990s, including direct involvement in the rape of Yugoslavia, Libya and Syria, along with drone wars on Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere, as well as backing Israeli high crimes.

She urged protecting nonexistent “American democracy and innocent lives” it massacres in one war theater after another from truth-telling, found only through alternative media sources, including social media. 

The scourge she and husband Bill represent still hasn’t gone away. Maybe the only way is by locking them both up longterm.

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Obama Formally Approves Arming Terrorists in Syria

Obama Formally Approves Arming Terrorists in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

They’ve been armed with heavy weapons from America and its rogue allies all along - on the phony pretext of supporting nonexistent “moderate rebels.” 

All anti-government fighters are cutthroat killers, death squad terrorists, largely recruited from scores of countries - armed, funded, trained and directed by CIA operatives, US special forces and their NATO counterparts.

Russia/US talks in Geneva on removing all terrorists from Aleppo reflect the latest US deception. Obama has no intention of abandoning his naked aggression on millions of Syrians.

He’s already responsible for displacing half the population internally or abroad, along with massacring over half a million mostly civilian men, women and children, injuring countless others, traumatizing an entire nation to advance America’s imperium and satisfy his blood lust.

A White House press release announced his intention to continue aggression on Syria on the phony pretext of “combat(ting) terrorism.”

On December 8, a so-called Presidential Determination said:

“I hereby determine that the transaction, encompassing the provision of defense articles and services to foreign forces, irregular forces, groups, or individuals engaged in supporting or facilitating ongoing US military operations to counter terrorism in Syria, is essential to the national security interests of the United States.”

Syria is Obama’s war, flagrantly violating international, constitutional and US statute laws. Obama lied claiming “authority vested in me as president by the Constitution and the laws of the United States…”

Fact: Only Security Council members can declare war - not Congress, presidents or anyone else. Nations may only attack another in self-defense, or in case of imminent threat when SC members authorize it. Anything else is naked aggression.

Russia is systematically betrayed every time it negotiates with Washington. Deceit is its longstanding practice. Upcoming Geneva talks on Aleppo are certain to go the same way.

Russia, Syria and allied forces should focus solely on smashing all anti-government forces infesting Syria, not wasting time and energy dealing with Washington - knowing the outcome in advance, maybe a chance for change under Trump, never while Obama and his neocon infested administration remains in power.

The 1976 Arms Export Control Act (AECA) lets presidents authorize arms and munitions sales solely for legitimate self-defense, no other purpose. 

It requires presidents to report to Congress on any violations. America consistently sells weapons and munitions for war-making against nations posing no threat. 

It doesn’t combat terrorism. It created and support elements acting as imperial foot soldiers. AECA waivers flagrantly violate the letter and spirit of the law - notably when based on a Big Lie.

Separately, reports indicate advances by Syrian and allied forces in eastern Aleppo left only around seven square km still in terrorists’ hands.

Despite a temporary halt in military operations so civilians can leave safely for government controlled areas, liberating Aleppo entirely is expected in days.

Miles to go remain in the struggle to free Syrian entirely from its US-supported terrorist threat.

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Tulsi Gabbard's Stop Arming Terrorists Act

Tulsi Gabbard’s Stop Arming Terrorists Act

by Stephen Lendman

Among the reported eight or so candidates Trump is considering for secretary of state, one possible choice more deserving than names mentioned is omitted - Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, the state’s most popular politician.

“(W)hen it comes to the war against terrorists, I’m a hawk,” she said. “When it comes to counterproductive wars of regime change, I’m a dove."

She opposed condemning Bashar al-Assad, saying targeting him was “a thinly veiled attempt to use the rationale of ‘humanitarianism’ as a justification to escalate our illegal, counterproductive war” - its aim to topple him and his government.

If Trump is serious about wanting more diplomacy and less war, his choice for secretary of state should be someone with likeminded views. A refreshing new face would be welcome, a woman polar opposite war goddess Hillary.

On December 8, a press release from her office said the following:

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard…introduced the Stop Arming Terrorists Act today. The legislation would prohibit the US government from using American taxpayer dollars to provide funding, weapons, training, and intelligence support to groups like the Levant Front, Fursan al Ha and other allies of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, al-Qaeda and ISIS, or to countries who are providing direct or indirect support to those same groups.”

“The legislation is cosponsored by Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT-AL), Barbara Lee (D-CA-13), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA-48), and Thomas Massie (R-KT-04), and supported by the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) and the US Peace Council.”

On the House floor, Gabbard said “(u)nder US law it is illegal for any American to provide money or assistance to al-Qaeda, ISIS or other terrorist groups.” 

“If you or I gave money, weapons or support to al-Qaeda or ISIS, we would be thrown in jail. Yet the US government has been violating this law for years, quietly supporting allies and partners of al-Qaeda, ISIL, Jabhat Fateh al Sham and other terrorist groups with money, weapons, and intelligence support, in their fight to overthrow the Syrian government.”

“The CIA has also been funneling weapons and money through Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and others who provide direct and indirect support to groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda.” 

“This support has allowed al-Qaeda and their fellow terrorist organizations to establish strongholds throughout Syria, including in Aleppo.”

“That is why I’ve introduced the Stop Arming Terrorists bill - legislation based on congressional action during the Iran-Contra affair to stop the CIA’s illegal arming of rebels in Nicaragua.”

Gabbard’s legislation requires the Director of National Intelligence to identify nations, groups and individuals involved in terrorist activities or supporting them. 

She endorses ending US interventionist practices against nations like Syria threatening no one. Her measure is a courageous act with no chance for congressional passage.

It’s also a shot across the bow to the incoming Trump administration to stop US wars of aggression on humanity.

Will it work, even partially? The fullness of time will tell.

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Disruptive Forces Intend Raining on Trump's Parade

Disruptive Forces Intend Raining on Trump’s Parade

by Stephen Lendman

On January 21, 2005, GW Bush’s second term inaugural day, thousands lined Pennsylvania Avenue, booing and jeering as his limousine went by. 

“Not our president,” some chanted, expressing anger over his imperial wars of aggression. Sporadic clashes with police erupted, met by tear gas, pepper spray and other harsh tactics.

Thousands of military forces and police, from DC and other cities, were deployed, along with helicopters and snipers positioned on rooftops. 

The nation’s capital was virtually closed to normal activities. Events of the day were unprecedented. Will they be repeated on January 20 for Trump’s inauguration? Or something worse?

Under the hashtag #DISRUPTJ20, a so-called DC Counter-Inaugural Welcoming Committee intends trying to “shut down the inauguration of Donald Trump,” urging supporters to “(j)oin us on December 11 to participate in shaping our actions, strategies, and goals.” Its announcement continued, saying:

“On Friday, January 20, 2017, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as President of the United States. We call on all people of conscience to shut down the ceremonies.” 

“If Trump is inaugurated at all, let it happen behind closed doors, showing the world that the vast majority of people in the US do not support his presidency or consent to his rule.”

“This spokescouncil is open to individual activists, organization staff, affinity groups, collectives, artists, medics and healers, and anyone else who wants to help shut down the inauguration. Law enforcement and media are not welcome.”

“We are planning to shut down the January 20, 2017, presidential inauguration ceremonies through a mass mobilization of people from across the United States and a series of coordinated direct actions.” 

“This mobilization will set the tone of resistance for the next four years, and will focus on training, political education, and building grassroots activist networks among communities who will bear the brunt of Trump’s right-wing assault.”

“Trump stands for tyranny, greed, racism, and misogyny. He is the champion of neo-nazis and white nationalists, of police who kill Black, Brown and poor people on a daily basis, of racist border agents and sadistic prison guards, of the FBI and NSA who tap your phone and read your email.” 

“He is the harbinger of even more climate catastrophe, deportation, discrimination, and endless war.”

Fact: Trump is a billionaire businessman, involved in real estate and other enterprises.

Fact: He’s never held public office so has no federal, state or local record to judge him on.

Fact: He’s still a private citizen. He hasn’t done anything yet in Washington, except announce cabinet and other appointments.

Fact: It’s unknown if he’ll continue dirty business as usual or go his own way. It’s unfair to judge him before he takes office. There’s plenty of time later if he betrays the public trust like the Clintons, GW Bush and Obama.

On Wednesday, documentary filmmaker, wannabe showman, shameful war criminal/racketeer/perjurer Hillary supporter Michael Moore disgracefully tweeted: 

“Disrupt the Inauguration. The Majority have spoken - by nearly 2.7 million votes&counting. Silence is not an option”

Separately, he said “(i)t is the responsibility of this minority of Democrats in Congress to block, obstruct, disrupt, and do whatever they can to prevent the onslaught that is going to happen with Donald Trump, that the American people do not support.”

Moore, his twitter followers and most Americans know nothing about the nation’s political process - fantasy democracy, duopoly governance, a one-party state with two right wings exclusively serving wealth, power and privilege, waging endless wars on humanity at home and abroad.

If Trump is strong-willed enough favor more diplomacy, less war, killing TPP and jobs-killing trade deals, along with finding a new role for NATO and cooperating with Russia in combating terrorism, his tenure will be historic.

If his key pledges are breached, there’s plenty of time later for disruptive protests. Doing it before he’s begun serving smells of dark forces manipulating things, not people exercising their First Amendment rights.

I’m a harsh critic of governance of, by and for America’s privileged alone. Trump pledged to “end the special interest monopoly in Washington (along with) giv(ing) working people a voice for the first time in a very, very long time.”

Will he deliver or continue dirty business as usual? We won’t know until he’s in office. I’m waiting to find out before judging him.

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